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Apple slams DOJ e-book proposal as ‘draconian’ intrusion

Apple has responded to the U.S. Department of Justice’s proposed restrictions to remedy the company’s e-book price fixing, calling the proposal “a draconian and punitive intrusion into Apple’s business.” The company argues in its opposing brief that the restrictions proposed today could cost both dollars and “lost opportunities for American businesses and consumers.” Apple doesn’t believe any further injunction is warranted — but if an injunction is issued, the company suggests mild limitations and obligations which would be a far cry from what the DOJ suggests. A hearing on the remedies is set for Aug. 9. [via AllThingsD]

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Never let it be said Apple knows the meaning of the words, “honesty” or “shame”.

As usual, their response assumes the complete stupidity of their audience.

They are required to terminate the long ago ruled illegal agreements using Agency pricing and they are forbidden to agree to any further price fixing agreements or to function as the middle man between publishers for arriving at such price fixing agreements. And since they’ve proven themselves so shameless, there will be a monitor in place to make sure they’re following the rules. In other words, the only penalty they are suffering for being the key player in artificially raising the cost of eBooks across the globe for multiple years is that they can’t do it again. This is their idea of “draconian”.

What should have happened would have been to make them pay a fine based on the quantifiable damages to consumers, and they should have been prevented from selling eBooks for a period of years equal the number of years Agency pricing was in effect globally due to their conspiracy, and even that wouldn’t begin to arrive at “draconian”.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on August 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM (CDT)


right on code monkey. business are treated today like teenagers are today, coddled. gone are the days when you really smacked a business for price fixing.

Posted by herokig on August 5, 2013 at 8:52 AM (CDT)

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